Listen and know that the Shire of Heronter is well pleased to host the Coronation of Their Sylvan Highnesses, Arnthor & Ceirech, and thank Their Majesties, Byron & Ariella, for Their service and for bringing joy to our Sylvan Kingdom.
Coronation will be held September 24, 2022 at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center, 5013 Route 430, Bemus Point, NY 14712. The site will open at 9:00 am and close one hour after evening court. There are no any overnight accommodations.
The Event Steward for the day is Comtesse Margerite de la Marche (she/her). She may be reached at Jennifer Bastian-Stendahl, 44 Harris Ave Jamestown, NY 14701 716-338-8184 firstname.lastname@example.org (before 9:00 pm).
Head Cook Master Ian Kennoven (he/him) will provide a served buffet lunch. There will be no evening feast. Send menu questions to email@example.com.
SCA Covid protocols as of the event date will be enforced. Please be prepared to show your vaccination record or proof of negative Covid test upon arrival, per AE Covid protocols. This is not negotiable and courtesy towards the individuals checking is expected.
We are pleased to host the Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion’s Tournament.
9:00 am – Tollner opens
10:30 am – Morning Court
After Morning Court:
Sitting in State
Heavy Weapons Inspections begin
One hour after Morning Court:
Heavy Weapons Championship
One hour after Heavy Weapons Tourney:
All attendees must be off site one hour after Evening Court.
Merchants are encouraged to bring a tent as all merchanting occurs outside.
Changing rooms will be available.
Adult Event Registration = $17
Adult Member Discount Event Registration = $12
Children 0-17 = free
There is no family cap as minors are free.
Register Online https://members.sca.org/ Log on to your SCA account (or create a guest account), select “Events” from the top menu to find the AEthelmearc Coronation registration link.
Register by Mail
For each attendee:
Contact info: Email address, phone, and/or street address.
Make checks payable to SCA, NY, Inc., Shire of Heronter and mail all registration info to:
Karen Ehrlich (she/her)
5294 Webster Road
Fredonia, NY 14063
ehrlich AT fairpoint DOT net
Registrations must arrive by Wednesday, September 21.
See the Facebook event page here for more information.
The Report of the Court of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-fifth day of September upon the occasion of the Coronation of Their Heirs at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for their patience as the world sorted out this time of plague. They wished everyone a happy Harvest Raid, as this is Their Favorite Event, and thanked the Sire of Heronter for their hospitality.
Lady Magdelena Txoperena was invited into the Court and she begged the boon of being granted Æthelmearc Citizenship as work had once again called her out of Æthelmearc into the East. Their Majesties eagerly replied that They and Their Heirs would gladly assist her in her application for Citizenship. However while They had her in Court, Their Majesties presented her with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence for her invaluable service to the Kingdom during the time of the plague as Deputy Webminister for Zoom and online classes.
Their Majesties called forth Lady Jane Arden and inducted her into the Order of the Keystone for her service as autocrat and Mistress of Arts and Sciences for the Shire of Heronter. She led efforts to create largess, scroll cases for the kingdom, and site tokens for Harvest Raid, all while serving the crown as a trusted retainer. Scroll by Bubba Blackhammer of Atlantia.
Lord Nikolas the Bastard was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his decade of service to the Shire of Sunderoak and the Borderwatch household, serving as Pennsic Land Agent, building and transporting all manner of items for the camps at both Pennsic and War Practice. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.
Lady Diana of Warerford was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for skills in brewing. She earned near perfect scores for her beers in the interkingdom brewers challenges and devises delicious cordials, all while teaching others the secrets of potent potables. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cooke.
Duke Christopher Rawlyns was given the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence in absentia for his service as Medical Consultant for Æthelmearc and the Society at Large during these times, holding the Office of Kingdom Deputy Seneschal for Pandemics.
Their Majesties presented Master Antonio de Luna with the scroll for his Cornelian that had been awarded at an Æthereal Court.
Duchess Anna Leigh was called forth and inducted into the Order of Crowns Treasure for her service to Æthelmearc in coordinating, creating, and purveying largess for the Crown.
Baron Rhion Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy was called into Court. Rhion confirmed that it was his desire to proceed with Elevation to the Order of the Pelican, but first Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin was called forth to release him from his service to her as her Equerry. Their Majesties then invited the Order of the Pelican to come forth and thanked Rhion and the Order for their patience in completing this business. Their Majesties then heard words from Viscountess Angharad of the Sleeping Lion for the Royal Peers, Sir Raimund of the Strait for the Chivalry, Mistress Cori Ghora from the Pelican, Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona delivered the words of Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn for the Laurel, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin spoke for the Order of the Golden Lance, and Baroness Morgan Argante Elandris of Cantref Gwaelon spoke for the Populace of Æthelmearc and the Rhydderich Hael. Their Majesties then called for regalia to mark Rhion as a Master of the Pelican, Dame Zosia Kowalewska presented the Ancestral Pelican Medallion of Æthelmearc, Mistress Tiercelin and Baroness Morgan both presented personal medallions, and Mistress Tiercelin presented a hood of maintenance. Their Majesties then received his Oath of Fealty and presented Master Rhion as Companion of the Pelican. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope. Mistress Tiercelin then invited all present to attend Master Rhion’s reception that afternoon on the fighting field.
Their Majesties then called for the attendance of Their Heir, Prince Gareth Kincaid. Prince Gareth presented his claim to the throne, and while he appreciated Their Majesties service to the realm, it was time for Them to step down. Their Majesties agreed and called for Their Officers to verify that all was in accordance. Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, verified that Æthelmearc did hold a Crown Tournament in compliance with all Law and Policy and Variances from the Society. Master Morien MacBain, Kingdom Earl Marshal, verified that a Tournament to select the Heirs of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was held at that event which was full of valiant spirit. Baroness Amelia Soteria, Kingdom Mistress of the Lists, reported that held the Tournament Lists and Tournament Tree and she could verify that Prince Gareth was victor of that Tournament. Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald of Æthelmearc, verified that upon the conclusion of the Tournament that he with Their Majesties declared Gareth and Juliana Prince and Princess, promising them the crowns of the Kingdom. Their Majesties agreed that all this was so, but bid Prince Gareth to go prepare his house as They concluded Their Business.
Their Majesties called upon the staff of ÆLive to attend Them: Duke Sven Gunnarsson, Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Baroness Ursula of Rouen, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt, Baron Magnus de Lyons, Lady Thalia Papillon, THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyya, THLady Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdotter, Lady Asuka Seishi, Lady Isabetta Orsini, Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann, and Master Illadore de Bedagrayne. They spoke to These gentles of their long service to Their Majesties and to Æthelmearc, and that they had allowed Their Majesties to keep an online presence for ÆLive and for Their Æthereal Courts when no events could be held. For their service, Their Majesties awarded each a Sigil of Æthelmearc, in token of which they gave each a copy of the Codex Coronae, and a personal gift. Codex Coronae produced by Mistress Abigail Kelhoge.
Mistress Abigail Kelhoge was then inducted into the Order of the Crowns Treasure in absentia for her works in creating the Codex Coronae, a bound parchment book of hours documenting the service of the staff of ÆLive and Finley its intrepid mascot.
The scribes and regalia makers who had contributed to Their Majesties’ Courts were then invited into court and presented with tokens of thanks for their generous donations of time and skill for the glory of the Æthelmearc Court.
Her Majesty then called for Her Guards to attend Her, Captained by THLord Abdullah Ishkhan al-Rashid and Lady Thalia Papillon, they led BaronMagnus de Lyons, Lord Cassiano da Castello, Baroness Irene von Schmetterling, THLord Guillaume le Noir du Bordeaux, Lord Chebe, Baron Brother Bobby, Lady Svava of St. Swithin’s Bog, Baron Carolus Loke, and Lord Won Cheol. His Majesty thanked them for protecting His Queen Liadain as she is the most important in His life, and Her Majesty thanked each for accompanying Her throughout the Reign. They presented each with a token of thanks and released them from their duties.
The Royal Retinue and members of the Their Majesties Court were then called forth, Their Majesties recognized Baroness Sláine an Einigh, Lord Éadaoin Gaelach Rua, THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke, Lady Genevieve O’Connor, THLady Fede di Fiore, Lady Jane Arden, Baron Tassin Tresseaul, Baroness Isolda filia Georgii, Mistress Cori Ghora, Duchess Anna Leigh, THLord Lothinn Vikarsson, Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli, and Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli. They presented each with tokens and thanked them for their support throughout Their Reign.
Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Liathain were then called into Their Majesties’ Court. They thanked both of them for their support of Their Majesties and leadership of the Kingdom during their reign, and granted each of them Augmentations of Arms from Æthelmearc. No task was ever beneath Duke Sven, any time there was a need he served as retainer, guard, pavilion wrangler, clean-up crew for Æthelmearc royal camp, Swedish Chef, and compiler of slide shows. Duchess Siobhain shared her light and vibrancy with all she met, serving as retainer to advisor to Kingdom Chamberlain and serving ÆLive and the Æthereal Courts in the background. Both have left their indelible mark on Æthelmearc. Matching scrolls by Lady Aine ingen ui Bhrian with calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Her Majesty Liadain then spoke that this was the time in court when She would normally recognize an individual whose actions had inspired Her that day, but this day She challenged all in attendance to recognize inspiration as they find it throughout the day.
Their Majesties then spoke to the populace with joy in Their hearts, that it was time for Their Reign to end and that They looked forward to retiring knowing that the Line of the Sylvan throne would continue. They then called upon Drotinn Jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald of Æthelmearc to attend Them. Their Majesties then released Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile from Their Service and presented him with a token of Liadain Love, Drotinn Jorundr also released Baron Brandubh from his Office as Kingdom Deputy Jewel Herald and collected his tabard.
Prince Gareth and Princess Juliana were then called into Court. King Maynard released Queen Liadain taking the crown from Her head. King Maynard then took the Crown from His brow and placed it upon Prince Gareth proclaiming him King of Æthelmearc.
So ends the Report of the Reign of Maynard and Liadain.
Report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Their Coronation held at Harvest Raids in the Shire of Heronter, on the twenty-fifth of September AS 56, Jorundr Hinn Rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald reporting.
In the Morning Court:
His Majesty Gareth placed the Crown of the Queen of Æthelmearc upon Juliana.
The rolls of the Royalty of Æthelmearc were read with the assistance of Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Otto Brandulfarson.
The Officers of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc renewed their oath of service.
The Order of the Chivalry renewed their fealty with words spoken by Count Jehan de la Marche.
The Order of the Laurel renewed their oaths with words by Mistress Cori Ghora.
The Order of the Pelican swore their oaths with words by Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir.
The Order of Defense renewed their vows with words by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay.
The Royal Peers spoke their oath with words by Duke Cygnus the Blissful.
The Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, The Barony of Thescorre, The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, The Barony of Delftwood, The Barony of Blackstone Mountain, and the Barony of the Endless Hills renewed their fealty and stewardship of their lands to the Crown.
Baroness McKenna Henderson was installed as Chancellor and Reign Coordinator.
Baroness Aine ny Allane was installed as Head Retainer and the retainers joined the Court.
THLord Rhys of Miles End and Baron Christian Goldenlok swore to protect Her Majesty as Co-Captains of the Guard, and the Queen’s Guard joined the Court.
Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh were called to return to Court. Their long service as Royalty for 17 months was finally at an end, and they were invited to return to their Ducal estates and take a much deserved rest. Commemorative scrolls Illuminated by Nicola Beese, with assistance from Katrina Beese, calligraphy by Ceindrech verch Elidir, upon words by Brandubh O’Donnghaile.
Their Majesties had further words for Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaig, not only did they serve as Æthelmearc’s longest serving royalty, but they served as a beacon of light, hope and mirth during a dark time. For this it pleased Their Majesties to Issue each of them an Augmentation of Arms. Scrolls are works in progress by Sophie Davenport with words by Po Silvertop.
In the Evening:
Their Majesties invited all newcomers to the SCA who were attending their first court to attend Them. Their Majesties welcomed them and gave them all mugs.
Their Majesties next sought the presence of Baroness McKenna Henderson and the Royal Toy Chest. The youth of the Kingdom were invited to follow Baroness McKenna and choose a toy.
Lady Jane Arden, the autocrat was given leave to conduct the business of the event. She wished that everyone had a pleasant day, and asked that everyone please return next year with the site tokens, which were dinner napkins, to sit at the feast that could not be held this year.
There was an Arts and Sciences Display with any fine entries, but the populace chose one as their favorite, Douceline de la Hay.
The victor on the Thrown Weapons range was Master Antonio de Luna.
The Fencing tournament victor was Lord Mathias al Tabai.
The Archery competition was won by Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli.
The Heavy Weapons tournament was won by Sir Marek Viacheldrago.
Her Majesty was very pleased by the Arts and Sciences display and wanted to recognize her choices for the day, Turlough Feolain and Douceline de la Hay, with rings from her hand.
There were many throwers who acheived ranks on the royal rounds that were not recognized, so it pleased Their Majesties to do so now.
As a Thrower with a score between 0 and 39: Salvadore De La Torres.
As Verfurs, with scores between 30 and 59: Aelfra Long, Keris Silber, Gnaeus Iulius Celsus, Tadeysz Wypij, Garrett of Thescorre, Rachelle L`ymagiere, Boudica, Jacen Teague, Astrid Giantkiller, Einrich Stein Hogger, Ástríðr in hárfagra Úlfsdóttir, Katharina Twin Moons, Rowhan, Arias Belktran del Valle, Merida, Sile inghean Chein.
As Casters, with scores between 60 and 79: Godfrey de Bayeux, Richard of Foxmoore, Roxanne of the Fox Tail, Dalibor Vilcekov, Radomir Bakalarz.
As Huntsman, with scores from 80 to 99: Arvik Hyttoinen, Meinolf Grimsson, Amalie Reinhardt, Caleb Reynolds, Duncan MacCoulagh.
As Marksman, scoring between 100 and 120: Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto, Gunther Grunbaum, Rosheen, Vihjalmr Jorgennson, Maddoc MacRoyri.
Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure was invited into court to recognize some more throwers who had achieved new ranks recently. Throwers: Lauren of Delftwood and Kalen – Cricket – Karuson. Verfurs: Ana Sirena DeValbuena, Claude Dubivier, and Thalia Papillon. Casters: Abdulla al Rashid, Eoin MacCogadhain, and Michael of Wylder Woode.
The Moneyers Guild was invited to present the coins that they had struck in commemoration of Their Majesties’ third reign.
The Order of the White Scarf came forward to renew their bond with Her Majesty and offer their service to Her.
THL Rouland of Willowbrooke was released as Heavy Weapons champion as a tournament to find his successor was held this day. Sir Marek Viacheldrago was invited to join the Court and carry the Sword of State as Heavy Weapons Champion.
Duchess Siobhán Inghean uí Liatháin was invited into Court as the scroll commemorating her induction into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc from the reign of Byron and Ariella had been completed by Padraig O’Branduibh and Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena.
Their Majesties invited Lady Casey Redmane to attend Them. Lady Casey is known to be a retainer, a water bearer, and a chatelaine as she welcomes our newcomers. These services please Their Majesties so They did induct her into the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Gwen Cooke with words by McKenna Henderson.
Lord Davin ap Einion was next summoned before Their Majesties. They spoke of how polite he always is, and his consideration for others. These are the very traits exhibited by the Order of the Cornelian, so they did induct him into it. Scroll by Amalie Reinhardt.
Lady Helena Lyncoln of Norfolk was next invited before Their Majesties. She is known to run troll, and help her Shire of Heronter with many things. Their Majesties feel that such actions should be recognized, so they had her join the ranks of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Lady Isabele of Dunbar was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her work creating site tokens and otherwise beautifying sites. Scroll by Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Lord Richard of Heronter was next called to attend Their Majesties. He assists his shire of Herontir with many things and keeps it running smoothly. For this Their Majesties did name him a Companion of the Keystone. Scroll illuminated by Melisande of the Gryphon Wood with calligraphy by Wat Tuttle.
Their Majesties next sought the presence of Lady Thalia Papillon who is always gracious and helpful. Their Majesties wished to recognize this by inducting her into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll by Zofia Kowalewska.
Baron Magnus de Lyons was next called to attend Their Majesties. They had heard much of the good works he does from Their Order of the Pelican, so upon consultation with that Order, they delivered unto him a Writ to sit vigil and contemplate his induction into that Order. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.
Their Majesties invited all the scribes and others who contributed to the scrolls that went out during Their Court to attend Them. They presented tokens of thanks to those gentles.
Her Majesty wished to recognize one who inspired her on this day, Lady Jane Arden’s tireless work as autocrat and willingness to pivot quickly to include Coronation at the event was everything Æthelmearc strives to be. For this she was awarded a Golden Escarbuncle.
This announcement is from the Kingdom Seneschal, Master Illadore de Bedegrayne.
Greetings to the Populace of Æthelmearc!
SHORT VERSION: Crown to be held in Misty Highlands, August 21st , 2021, letters due to Their Majesties by July 21st, Coronation to be held hopefully in September, with an October Crown following. If you plan on entering this tournament, please listen to this video/read this email in full, as it has specific requirements.
First and foremost, Letters of Intent to Their Majesties must be provided no later than 30 days prior to Crown Tourney- so by July 21, 2021. We highly recommend using the online form on the Kingdom website. The form will be turned on within a few days by our Kingdom Webminister. You may also use email or regular mail but we recommend sending that in quickly.
As we are limited to 150 people who may attend an event, pre-registration to Crown Tourney for those other than Their Majesties, required officers, staff, or entrants will open after July 21st date. Pre-registration will be required. Crown tourney will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend. A more formal event announcement will be forthcoming. Please understand that if the BOD does not lift the 150 person rule, if you are not a combatant couple or staff, you might not be able to attend.
Coronation: The preferred date for Coronation is September 25, 2021. Alternate dates may include September 18 or October 1. New Heirs will have the option of having their Coronation online, at a small local event (say in a park), or another event scheduled in September. Should none of these options be viable, Coronation will occur on the morning of October Crown Tournament. Heirs will need to choose which option they would prefer on the day of their victory. This is not the norm as most Æthelmearc heirs have several months to make Coronation happen. This decision was made due to our desire to get back on track as a Kingdom.
October Crown: It is our intent to have another Crown in October, with letters due to The Heirs 30 days prior to the event. The details for October Crown are still being determined but the preferred date will be October 16th or later. The October Heirs would step up in April 2022.
As you can see, Combatants and Consorts who enter the August 2021 Crown tournament need to consider not only what it means to be Royalty during a pandemic but also the time commitment for the quick turnaround for Coronation and the next Crown Tourney.
I know you may have many questions. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to answer them.
Illadore de Bedegrayne
A video version of this announcement is available here.
The Report of the Æthereal Court of Maynard and Laidain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, Court held on the 23rd day of May anno societatis 55, Baron Brandubh O’Donghaile, Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties extended the Term of Office for Their Kingdom Webminister, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt for one year. They then received Baroness Amalie’s continued oath of service, and thanked her for her hard work and assistance.
The Report of the Aethereal Coronation Court of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, and Their Heirs, Maynard and Liadian, held April 4th anno societatis 54, court conducted by THLady Sophie Davenport Silver Buccle, Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson Jewel, and Baron Brandubh O’Donghaile, Jewel.
Their Majesties Timothy and Gabriel welcomed all to their court.
The Heirs to the Sylvan Throne, Prince Maynard von dem Steine and Princess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh, presented Their claim to the throne of Æthelmearc and thanked Timothy and Gabrielle for their stewardship of the Kingdom.
Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal, on behalf of her office and the Earl Marshal and the Ministress of the Lists, verified that law was followed, the tourney was legal, and that Maynard did win that tournament.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, verified that upon the
conclusion of that tournament, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle did
open Their Court and promise the throne to Their Heirs Maynard and Liadain.
Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle satisfied by this testimony then set
to settling Their affairs. They released their Jewel Herald Baron Snorii skyti Bjarnarson. They released Their Retainers and Guards, thanking all
for service throughout the reign.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle, then released Baron Snorri Skyti
Bjarnarson from his oath of service as her Kingdom Deputy Jewel Herald.
His Majesty Timothy released Her Majesty Gabrielle and removed the crown from Her head, thanking Her for being His Queen. King Timothy then removed His crown and thanked Æthelmearc for its service and support.
Prince Maynard thanked Timothy and Gabrielle for Their service and swore to honor His predecessors and protect Æthelmearc and placed the crown upon His head. Princess Liadain spoke of looking forward to this reign, and
swore to stand with strength to uphold Æthelmearc and its people and was
crowned Queen. Together Their Majesties swore Their oath to Æthelmearc to uphold law, lead through this time of plague, provide positive leadership,
and look forward to the time we can gather again.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald then read the lineage of the
Kings and Queens of Æthelmearc, and presented Maynard and Laidain — the 46th in the line of succession to the Throne of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc.
Their Majesties called for the Officers of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and Master Illadore de Bedegrayne swore an oath of service in representation of the Great Officers of the Kingdom of Æthlemearc.
The Landed Nobility of Æthelmearc was called forth and Baron Brandubh
O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hugelmann swore fealty for the
Baron-Marche of the Debatable Lands. Baron Eldjarn the Thoughtful and
Baroness Dugheasa inghen Dubgaill swore fealty for the Barony of
Thescorre. Baron Pagraig O’Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Sienna swore fealty for the Barony of Rhydderich Hael. Baron Ixak ben
Simone and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt swore fealty for the Barony of
Delftwood. Baron Ichijo Honen and Baroness Cerridwen de Skene swore fealty for the Barony of Blackstone Mountain. Baron Stefano de Verde and Baroness Fiona ingen ui Fhaolain swore fealty for the Barony of the Endless Hills. Baron Gunther Grunbaum and Baroness Rosheen O’Faye swore fealty for the Barony of Saint Swithins Bog.
Their Majesties called for the Peerage Orders of Æthelmearc and Sir Aengus MacBain swore the Fealty on behalf of the Order of the Chivalry. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay swore fealty on behalf of the order of the Pelican. Sir Ian Kennoven swore fealty on behalf of the order of the Laurel. Master Jacob of Dunmore swore fealty on behalf of the Order of Defense. Duke Sven Gunnarsson and Duchess Siobhan inghean ui Laithain swore fealty on behalf of the Royal Peers.
Their Majesties received all these oaths and promised to protect, support,
and defend Their officers, baronies, and peerage orders.
Maynard and Liadian announced that They will defer investing Their Royal
Household until such time as events can be held and the Kingdom can gather again.
Duke Timothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode were called into Their Majesties’ Court and thanked them for their service as King and Queen. Maynard and Liadain took this time to reconfirm their status as Duke and Duchess.
THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle, then called for Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile. THLady Sophie Davenport then invested Baron Brandubh as her Deputy, Jewel Herald.
Baron Brandubh then swore an oath of fealty to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, Their Majesties Maynard and Laidain, and Silver Buccle to serve as Jewel Herald.
Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain then thanked all who had attended their court, especially those from far away lands who would not have been able to physically attend Their Coronation. They thanked Baroness Amalie Reinhardt and THLady Sumayya al Gaziyah for their Æethereal Assistance, Master Illadore de Bedegrayne for her guidance as Kingdom Seneschale, Their parents Timothy and Gabrielle, Duchess Adrielle Kerrec of Ealdomere who fashioned Their Majesties clothing for Their Coronation, and the Kingdom Chamberlains Duke Sven Gunarsson and Siobhan inghean ui Laithain for arranging safe transport of the regalia to Their Majesties.
Their Majesties further wished to thank the hard working members of The Shire of Heronter and The Barony of Rhydderich Hael who had worked to put together the coronation event that was unfortunately cancelled, especially the stewards Duchess Dorinda Courtenay and Lord Chebe.
Special thanks to Baron Steffan ap Kennydd of the East for writing the
King Maynard and Queen Liadain then asked that Æthelmearc join them in
charging Their Glasses and salute the first responders, doctors, nurses,
medics firefighters, service providers, and essential personnel that allow
us to continue our lives.
Æthelmearc needs heirs, but Crown Tournament is postponed. Their Majesties promise to secure heirs as soon as their is a date that Æthelmearc can safely hold the tournament. As soon a date is determined, Their Majesties will announce revised deadlines for letters of intent to enter Crown.
Their Majesties were excited to announce that They will start an online
program to keep Æthelmearc’s presence alive, as the Kingdom has a Zoom
account. They invited the Kingdom Social Media Officer, THLady Sumayya al Gaziyah, to speak about the Zoom account, which is available to be used for all manner of activities. Individuals or groups may sign up for online
rooms for meetings, classes, and more.
Queen Liadain gave her token of Inspiration to all of the Kingdom of
Æthelmearc, as its people have inspired her through these changing times.
Their Majesties invited all to join Them as They Sit in State.
As you can see from His Majesty’s missive today, we are still planning, as of now, to have Coronation; however, plans are fluid. It still may be possibly cancelled, if the government requires us to do so.
Under the assumption we can have Coronation, we are now limited on the number of people who can attend.
Per myself, as the Regional Vice President of Æthelmearc and Duchess Dorinda, the local Seneschal, the event is now invitation only. We have received a variance from the Society Seneschal for this. The local autocrat will be working on refunding your event fees.
If/when things change, we will absolutely let you know as soon as possible.
Remember: Wash your hands. Be Kind. Don’t Panic (in nice friendly letters.)
Here begins the Chronicles of the Courts of the Fourth Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc, held on the twenty-first day of September, AS 54 (2019), at Their Coronation in the Shire of Angel’s Keep. Submitted by Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Jewel Herald of Æthelmearc.
During morning court:
Their Majesties first invited the assembled populace to seek their comfort, then summoned to them Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, desiring him to become their Voice [Jewel Herald]. After Lord Snorri’s acceptance, oaths of fealty and duty were duly sworn.
Lord Snorri swears fealty as Jewel Herald. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Their Majesties then summoned Their Reign Coordinator, Baroness Elena de la Palma, followed by their Captain of the Queen’s Guard, Lord Jakob Krahe, their Head Retainer, THL Antoinette de Lorraine, and their Chamberlain, Lord Tassin Tresseul. Each of these dutifully swore good and proper oaths of service and discretion, as did their assembled staffs, and took their positions about the hall.
Baroness Elena is named Reign Coordinator. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Great Officers of the Sylvan Kingdom there present then attended Their Majesties where they swore their oaths to serve the Kingdom….
The Great Officers swear fealty. Photo by Baron Steffan.
…followed by the gathered Landed Barons in attendance, each in turn according to precedence: Baron Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of the Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands, Baron Eldjarn the Thoughtful and Baroness Dubheasa inghen Dubgaill of the Barony of Thescorre, Baron Padraig O’Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena of the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, Baron Ixac ben Simone and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt of the Barony of Delftwood, Baron Ichijo Honen and Baroness Cerridwen de Skene of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain, and Baron Stefan Luftskyn and Baroness Fiona the Prepared of the Barony of Endless Hills.
The landed Barons swear fealty. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Royal Peers then present were summoned forward, led by their ranking member, Duke Marcus Eisenwald, who promised to forego any armed rebellion for the duration of Their Majesties’ reign. His Majesty Timothy, wishing to speed them along their way to their long travels ahead, then requested that Their Excellencies, Count Gareth Kincade and Countess Juliana Delamere, remain a moment more. He spoke admiringly of the great service these two gentles had just done the kingdom and confirmed their new stations as a Duke and Duchess of Æthelmearc. Shining ducal coronets made by Duke Gareth’s hand were then placed upon their heads, Duke Gareth’s by King Timothy, and Duchess Juliana’s by Duke Gareth. Scrolls by THL Shirin of Susa and THL Phelippe Ulfsdotter.
The Royal Peers swear fealty, and Gareth and Juliana are invested as Duke and Duchess. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Mention of an Augmentation of Arms was also made by His Majesty, but in His haste to speed Their Graces along their path, His Majesty rolled right past actually having that honor read into the record. Fear not, gentle readers – fortunately, His trusty Jewel Herald made note of the omission, and it was rectified some minutes later.
The Royal Peers were followed by the Most Noble Orders of the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican and Defense, each order duly swearing suitable oaths.
The peerage orders swear fealty. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Order of the White Scarf then appeared before Their Majesties, and asked Her Majesty to bear their token, and swore to defend her at all costs. Her Majesty, having had this Noble Order’s service several times before, had with her a favorite white scarf token, which was ceremonially tied upon the left arm of Her person.
At this point, the Jewel Herald gently reminded Their Majesties that to actually award the Augmentation of Arms to Their Graces Gareth and Juliana, the scroll would need to be read in court. Fortunately, such is the courtesy of Their Graces that they had not yet departed to take their rest in their lands in the far southern reaches, and they were able to be called back into court again, where their arms were duly Augmented with the addition of a demi-escarbuncle. The double scroll for this is a work in progress by Baroness Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Duke Gareth and Duchess Juliana receive Augmentations of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Finally, the kingdom’s Moneyers’ Guild begged a moment of their Majesties’ time in court, and Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford approached the throne and showed Their Majesties a sample of the coins the guild would be minting for Their reign.
Earl Byron explains the Moneyers’ Guild coins for the reign of Timothy and Gabrielle. Photo by Baron Steffan.
There being no further business, court was suspended until such time as Their Majesties desired.
That evening, after a day of fine tournaments, excellent food, good company, and lovely arts, Their Majesties did again call all gentles there present to attend Their court. Their Majesties first called for Lord Dyryke Hastings, to tell Them of the Youth Tournaments held that day. Lord Dyryke confirmed that, indeed, the youth heavy fighters of the kingdom had vied honorably in tournaments, each according to their Division, and that three winners had emerged: Armbjorn Lodenhodi in Division One, Simon a Fjarfelli in Division Two, and Cormac mac Conchobar in Division Three. Each of these was made Their Majesties’ Youth Champion for their respective divisions and given identical scrolls to appoint them as such, by Vonda of Finndale.
Their Majesties recognize Their Youth Champions. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, Their Majesties bade all children present to approach the throne and called for Douglas of Arindale to be the ceremonial sacrifice. After young Douglas was given an adequate head start with the kingdom’s toybox, the hounds were loosed, and the children of the kingdom did give merry chase.
Douglas prepares to run with the toy chest. Photo by Baron Steffan.
It was then Their Majesties’ pleasure to indulge in a bit of informal business. Lady Meggie Gormley and Bruce MacNayre were summoned, and given good wishes for their birthdays, and roundly cheered by all present.
Their Majesties then bade Lady Annika Iosafova come forward to speak of the day’s Largesse Derby. The Lady spoke glowingly of all the gifts received that day, but indicated that a winner had been chosen, and so Baroness Edana the Red was summoned. Her Majesty Queen Gabrielle did then name Her Inspiration, and award unto her a Golden Escarbuncle in token of her fine work on that day.
Baroness Edana receives a Golden Escarbuncle as winner of the Largess Derby. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, King Timothy did express an interest in hearing about the Heavy Weapons tournament held earlier. Said tournament was won by one Duke Dietrich von Stroeheim, who was regrettably unable to remain at the event, and the King did make him Their Majesties’ Heavy Weapons Champion for their reign with a scroll by
the Scribes of Æthelmearc.
Duke Dietrich’s scroll as Kingdom Heavy Weapons Champion. Photo by Baron Steffan.
At that time did Their Majesties summon to them Lady Magdelena Txoperena. His Majesty spoke of how this Lady had previously been inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia, but that the scroll and medallion had been lost to hazard or misfortune before reaching her hands. Their Majesties wished to now rectify what part of that they could, and so affirmed Lady Magdelena’s place in the Order with a new
Lady Magdelena receives her Keystone scroll and medallion. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Maximus of Nithgaard was then summoned into court, and Their Majesties spoke of the fine start he had made in the Society, and so did Award him Arms, with a scroll by Duke Marcus Eisenwald, former Signet Herald of the Kingdom of Drachenwald.
Maximus receives an AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, Hannah of Hunter’s Home was called before the throne. Their Majesties spoke of her many fine qualities, particularly her remarkable art for one so young in age, and deemed it appropriate, as she is approaching her age of majority, to then Award her Arms, with a scroll by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
Hannah receives an AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lord Donnchadh Ruadh mac Griogair was bade approach the throne. His Majesty spoke admiringly of his drive and perseverance in the fencing lists. Master Raev Halle was then summoned into court to speak words of admiration for his cadet, and provide a medallion, as Their Majesties inducted Lord Donnchadh into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Eilionora inghean an Bhair.
Lord Donnchadh receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Spying her across the field, Their Majesties then bade their Herald loudly summon Lady Tangwystyl verch Gwyn from her merchant’s tent. The Lady, clad in her undergarments, quickly donned a shift and scampered into court. Their Majesties then spoke of her skill at research and construction of period undergarments and saw fit to enter her name into the rolls of the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by THL Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Lady Tangwystyl receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.
At that time did Their Majesties demand that Lord Bjarki Rikarðarson present himself to their court. His Majesty lauded him for his efforts to present a period appearance while engaging in martial activities, and stated that he has great respect for anyone who deliberately chooses equipment that imparts a disadvantage in performance to advance the dream. Lord Bjarki’s martial accomplishments have made Their Majesties deem him worthy of induction in to the Order of the Golden Stirrup. Scroll by Lady Gemina of Krull, with words by Mistress Gwendolyn the Graceful.
Lord Bjarki receives a Golden Stirrup. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Her Majesty Queen Gabrielle then desired words with a Lady she admitted to being most admiring of, THL Svana in Kyrra, and so The Honorable Lady was requested to attend Her Majesty. The Queen spoke of THL Svana’s continued commitment to our dream, whether it be cooking another dayboard, or creating a lovely knit, or other fiber arts item, and particularly admired her commitment to perfect garb while doing so, and was so moved as to award her the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence, and gave to THL Svana a token from her own hand, and there was much cheering.
THLady Svana receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
In due time Lady Therasa du Domremy was summoned before the Sylvan throne. His Majesty noted her skill in millinery, pointing to the Cap of Maintenance resting atop His Royal head at that very moment. Deeming her work and efforts remarkable, Their Majesties summoned to the throne their Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc, and so Lady Therasa is now styled The Honorable Lady Therasa du Domremy after being written in their rolls. The scroll is a work in progress by Baroness Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lady Therasa receives a Fleur. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Finally, Their Majesties called up all scribes there present who had contributed a scroll to the day’s courts, and each was given a token of appreciation from Their hands.
Engaging in a bit of Royal subterfuge, they caught hold of The Honorable Lady Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne as she made to depart, and bade her bide a moment more. They then called for Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. After verifying that it was still the will of this Order to take her ladyship into their ranks, Their Majesties presented her with a Writ to Contemplate Elevation to this order.
THLady Máirghréad receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.
There being no further business, court was closed.
Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald
Being the report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana at the Coronation of Timothy and Gabrielle, held in the Shire of Angels Keep on September 21, Anno Societatis 54 (2019 CE) submitted by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova with the assistance of THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald.
It was announced that Viscount Edmond Dracatorr and Baroness Kilde Jurgenstochter have fulfilled the requirements and are subjects of Æthelmearc.
Their Majesties requested the presence of Lord Davin ap Einion. It was spoken of how his skill on the heavy weapons field has come to the notice of many people and the long hours he spent in armor upon the fields of battle at Pennsic. For this he was named to the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Lady Grainne Ruadh.
Lord Davin receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Lord Salvidor Moro de Medici was then called into court. His love of heavy fighting and melee skills were also remarked on. For this, he was made a member of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, upon words by Baron Brand Thorwaldsen.
Lord Salvidor receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Lady Dorothea Starke Schutz was named to the Order of the Golden Alce in absentia. Scroll by THL Rachel Dalicieux and Lady Nicola Beese.
Timothy Muireadbaigh was Awarded Arms in absentia.
Their Majesties requested the presence of Sefa Vefaru. Her Majesty spoke of the skill this good woman has with weaving and many other of the textile arts. For this she was Awarded Arms. Scroll by THL Aibell Shul-uaine.
Sefa receives her AoA. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Onoroa an Eingh was Awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Baroness Ismay Pond and Count Jehan de la Marche.
An Award of Arms was given to Heinrich Holtzapfel von Herscheim in absentia. Scroll by Lady Elizabeth Rosamond and Baroness Shirin of Susa.
His Grace Sven Gunnarsson was called before Their Majesties and asked to stand so all could see him. His Majesty spoke of the way His Grace always looks like he stepped out of a manuscript. For this, he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Mirror.
Duke Sven receives a Gilded Mirror. Photo by Baron Steffan.
THL Aodhan MacMichael was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll by Baroness Helena Mutzhazenin.
Mistress Honnoria of Thescorre was given an Award of Excellence in absentia for her donation of pottery for largess.
Mistress Irene von Schmetterling was inducted into the Order of the White Scarf in absentia. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Their Majesties then called for THL Erzabet Fauconneau. This good lady donated her skill and time in making cups for them to give as welcoming gifts to newcomers. For her generosity, she was given an Award of Excellence.
THLady Erzabet receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Next, Their Majesties requested the presence of Duchess Anna Leigh. Of all the things Her Grace is known for, spreading joy throughout the Kingdom is one of the greatest. For this, she was inducted into the Order of the Howling Wolf.
Duchess Anna Leigh is inducted into the Order of the Howling Wolf. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Royal Highnesses Timothy of Arindale and Gabrielle van Nijenrode came into Court and reminded Their Majesties that many months ago, His Highness did win a tournament and on that day Their Majesties did promise to step down and retire when the time came. His Majesty said he remembered the day well but wanted to make sure the succession was legal. Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschale, came forth and said that she did witness the tournament and that the laws of the land had been followed and that she did see and hear that His Highness had been declared the victor. Baroness Amelia Soteria, Kingdom Mistress of the Lists, did step forward and attest that she ran the lists and that His Highness did take the day and won the tournament to determine the Heirs to the Throne. THL Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald, did next speak and say that she did witness His Majesty place the Heir’s Coronet onto the head of Prince Timothy and that it was recorded in the records that he was to be the next King. Their Majesties did agree that the laws of succession were followed and that Their Highnesses were in Their Right to take Their new position. They did ask for a bit more time to set the affairs of Their Court in order. Their Highnesses agreed and stepped aside.
Timothy and Gabrielle assert their right to the Thrones. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then addressed the populace and said that no reign can happen in a bubble. It takes many people to make it happen and they would recognize those that assisted them during the last months with a Sigil of Æthelmearc:
Anna Leigh, Astrid of Helios Furion, Atrox, Attita, Beatrix Krieger, Casey Redmane, Cassiano d’Ovunque, Cori Ghora, Count Tim the Tall (Meridies), Countess Dalla (Meridies), Davin ap Einion, Diran of House GreyWolf, Dorothea Starke Shutz, Edana (Atlantia), Edana the Red, Elisabeth Johanna von Flossenburg, Elska a Fjarfelli, Fede di Fiore, Grainne Shionnach, Hagar the Blushing, House Hrafnheim (from Atvenlent), Hrolfr a Fjarfelli, Isabelle de Clare, Jodocus van Cleeff, Johan (Calontir), Kelda Jurgenstochter, Astrid Vigaskegg, Kieran MacRae, Lasairfhiona inghean Aindrias, Lisette (Calontir), Mahin Banu Tabrizi, Muirgheal inghen Dubhghaill, Murdia Drusila Portia, Rhys of Miles End, Sassen della Sancta Victoria, Siobhan inghean un Liathin, Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, Stasha Sebastyn, Sven Gunnarasson, Syele Pfeifferin, Thorsol Solinauga, Tigernan MacFlainn UlFuelin (Calontir), Ursula of Rouen, Ysmay of Branston (Meridies)
Their Majesties then called for Lady Casey Redmane. This good lady supplied endless assistance to Her Majesty as Royal Shopper, seamstress, retainer and go-to person. For this, she was given an Award of Excellence. Scroll by Isabella Montoya.
Lady Casey receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
THL Rhys of Miles End was called to present himself into the court. As Captain of the Guard, his service to the Crown was something to be praised. For his work in wrangling the Royal Guard, he was given an Award of Excellence.
THLord Rhys receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Before continuing with the business of the Court, Her Majesty asked Baroness Ekaterina Volkova to set down her Herald’s book and present herself. Their Majesties said that Her Excellency came forward time after time, acting as “Stunt Herald” when the Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald was unable to attend an event. For this, she was given an Award of Excellence. Scroll forthcoming from the hands of Their Majesties.
Baroness Ekaterina receives an Award of Excellence. Photo by Baron Steffan.
Their Majesties then called for Their retainers and the Royal Retinue. They thanked those that served them and bade them to depart and enjoy a well-earned rest.
The Royal Guard was then summoned and released from service.
Their Royal Highnesses were then invited back into court and thanked for Their patience. His Majesty Gareth turned to Her Majesty Juliana and thanked her for being his inspiration, love, and companion but said that it was time to retire to their estates. He then accepted back the Crown of Æthelmearc from her and she departed.
His Majesty Gareth then accepted the Oaths of Fealty and Service to Æthelmearc from Timothy and Gabrielle. He then removed the Crown from his head and placed it upon the brow and declared Timothy of Arindale to be the 45th King of Æthelmearc. Gareth then departed.
King Gareth crowns Timothy. Photo by Baron Steffan.
His Majesty Timothy then placed the Crown upon the head of Gabrielle van Nijenrode and declared her to be the 45th Queen of Æthelmearc.
King Timothy crowns Gabrielle as Queen. Photo by Baron Steffan.
The Royal Line of Succession of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was read and the court of Gareth and Juliana, second of those names, was closed.
Largesse donated for previous reigns. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.
Just reaching out with a reminder of the Mini Largesse Derby at the Coronation of Prince Timothy and Princess Gabrielle on September 21, 2019 in the Shire of Angels Keep.
The Mini Largesse Derby will have two parts:
Enter a quantity of 6 of the same item suitable for presentation as a token of appreciation and generosity. These items may be made by your own hand, or purchased and donated. Please provide with your entry, in writing, or emailed in advance, the following: Item description, SCA name, Mundane name, mailing address, email address. A prize will be awarded for the winning entries, as chosen by Their Highnesses!
Enter any quantity of items suitable for the Kingdom Toy Chest. These items may be made by your own hand, or purchased and donated. Please provide with your entry, in writing, or emailed in advance, the following: Item description, SCA name, Mundane name, mailing address, email address. While donations from all citizens are welcome, a prize will be awarded for the winning “kids for kids” entry, as chosen by Their Highnesses! That is, the winning entry made by youth, for youth.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. If you are a crafter, but are new to donating largesse, I’d be happy to provide you a list of ideas. You may reach me here on Facebook or email me at diana dot haldenwang at gmail dot com.
I look forward to seeing all the beautiful and creative gifts you have to offer!